IGF 2020 WS #110 Internet for Regeneration


Organizer 1: Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Organizer 2: Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: Yrjö Länsipuro, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Karina Stan, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Sivasubramanian Muthusamy, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

- (if the epidemic conditions are still persistent at the time of the IGF) - What is the magnitude and extent of collaboration required between actors? What is the magnitude of economic intervention required during the crisis? - What policies are required concerning what sector of economy / which economic actors to be prioritized for Government intervention? Is there a scope for change in the way the global economy works?

- Every country in the world is facing economic hardship; Traditional economic theories call for predictions of slow recovery or hyperinflation, but is this an opportunity for a new economic thinking?


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


The global economy had to be brought almost to a standstill, in the global war against the COVID pandemic, a war without an enemy at the gates, without the inevitable atrocities associated with a war, but a war nevertheless as it brought the economy and social life to a stand still. The last occasion when the World was at war was 75 years ago, following which a master plan was drafted and implemented for Reconstruction of an entire continent, this time, such a plan is needed, for the entire world. What could Internet do? How could Internet Governance through its various actors play a role to cause wise collaborations, not only to reconstruct, but also to renew the global economy? Could the Internet also debate what worked and what did not during the last two centuries? Is this an opportunity for a brighter world post-crisis? What is the role of the Internet Governance?

Expected Outcomes

-- Exchange of innovative thoughts on rebuilding an interrupted world; Positive, rough outlines for renewal that the IGF could share with relevant actors.

The Roundtable 'discussion leaders' are the invited speakers, more to be invited, who would open discussions by sharing their views on the topic, followed by a discussion on the topic to generate perspectives. Online participation also has to be integrated.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Internet, at this point of time is the neural center for global governance. It is the medium by which the world communicates and acts. During this pandemic crisis, Internet is the medium for coordination, it is the only eco-system for collaboration. The global issue pretty much becomes an issue intricately woven with Internet Governance.

Relevance to Theme: Irrespective of how Trust is defined as a theme, this is an a topic of global cooperation that depends on the Trust in Internet and Internet Governance - Trust that the Internet brings together the wisest minds to bring about innovative solutions.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool. Additional Tools proposed: We are familiar with zoom, we will set up zoom, together with livestream and also stream the meeting in facebook.